What is tuned to alternative car drives?

On 6 and 7 November VDI organized together with VW’s session “Innovative vehicle drives” in Dresden. This was about hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells and electric cars. And what came out? When the slogan “plate instead of tank” the flowers dreams of politicians from bio-based fuels wiped off the table, they were quickly two other alternatives at hand, namely hydrogen fuel cells and “of course!” The electric car.

Moreover, the German automotive industry – again, naturally! – The hybrid sleepy, and only Toyota had the ancient idea again to promote daylight. In Dresden brought the speakers all the wonderful ideas of a bright, emission-free car again in the future reality.

That the hybrid drive, combining a combustion engine with an electric drive, in the metropolitan traffic and on short routes and save fuel liquid against electric can enter, we will be known. However, its price, which, although large and expensive cars can be reasonably accommodated, but hardly inexpensive small. It is the savings effect is relatively modest, if not deep into the tricks draw wants. On long-haul, on the other hand, it is indispensable to the combustion engine,
the consumption behavior determined.

The talks in Dresden showed what we could do everything to the electrical part to integrate into the car. Meanwhile, Mercedes presented its first “mild” hybrid in the S 400, which next spring will be offered. Despite the restriction on a minimum of additional parts and a small lithium-ion battery, the electric drive is not allowed, the extra weight is 75 kg. Nevertheless, the reduction in consumption in the NEDC to 7.9 l/100 km for a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine considerably and represents the engineers made an excellent witness.
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This post was written by admin on November 17, 2008


The first hydrogen station in the Czech Republic in 2009

Europe wants to support hydrogen technologies to reduce dependence on oil (see article): manufacturers are developing vehicles powered by hydrogen and infrastructure must be deployed in parallel (a network of refueling stations hydrogen).

Czech Republic
Well good news: the Linde Gas Group (a subsidiary of Linde AG specializes in industrial gases) and the Institute of Nuclear Research Rez (IRN, located near Prague) will use the first hydrogen station in the Czech Republic on ‘D8 motorway near Klicany (north of Prague) from 2009. Linde Gas will be responsible for the construction and supply of hydrogen.

Clarification: The IRN manages and funds a project of hydrogen buses in collaboration with the Czech Ministry of Transport and the European Union (estimated cost of 83 million Czech crowns (about 3.4 million euros). A the first vehicle, manufactured by Skoda Electric, Neratovice will be operational in the coming months.

The highway of hydrogen little man made his way!

(Source: Embassy of France in the Czech Republic Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic)

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This post was written by admin on November 13, 2008

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New fuel-cell car from Toyota (Fine-N ) with four engines

With a large crowd will start tomorrow at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show expected. Well over one million visitors are on the international auto show in Makuhari, Chiba, Japan until 5 November is expected that the newest car innovations want to look. With this, among others, is Toyota with a new concept car with fuel cell propulsion, the Fine-N..
toyota fine n

About 260 companies present at just 42,000 square meters of exhibition space exhibits, including several new innovations in the fuel-cell vehicles.

The Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is under the theme “Ecology & Emotion” a total of six new concept vehicles imagine, two cars and 21-series cars. One of the new studies is the concept hybrid version with fuel cell and electric propulsion, in Fine-N is presented. With this model would like the Japanese automobile company a vision of the propulsion technology of the future presented with a radical new design and four-wheel drive.

Fine-N has a total of four separate motors, directly to the appropriate wheels and electronically (by-wire) will be activated. By the hybrid technique derived space also enables wide design freedoms, which is expressed that the wheels very far outside of the four corners are located. This long wheelbase with a very long passenger compartment gives the innovative car a futuristic look. Furthermore, since the heavy components (eg BZ stack, battery) in the new packaging system and relatively low center were built, gives the Fine-N an entirely new ride.

The four in-wheel motors are on the inside of the wheels mounted at the same time very light and very efficient electric motors, which every 25 kilowatts peak power at 110 Newton meters of torque delivered. These engines powered by a Toyota’s own fuel cell stack and a lithium-ion battery. An improved efficiency of the fuel cell system and an elevated tank pressure enable a whole range of 500 kilometers.

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This post was written by admin on October 28, 2008


It left the program for Hydrogen Energy Horizon!

Here’s another good news for hydrogen technologies: the European Commission has approved funding in late 2007 by OSEO (French Agency for supporting innovation, 67.6 million euros) for the program of Innovation Horizon Hydrogen Energy (H2E in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell) coordinated by the French group Air Liquide (specializing in industrial gases).

Hydrogen Energy Horizon

The H2E program represents an overall investment in research and technology of about 200 million euros over a period of 7 years. It is intended to build a hydrogen energy-sustainable and competitive. The research and development activities cover the following areas: development of innovative technologies for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources, hydrogen storage and the industrialization of fuel cells and the establishment of a appropriate regulatory framework, a program of demonstrations and education to familiarize a wider audience with this new clean energy carrier.

20 partners in the field of hydrogen energy (industrial groups, SMEs and public research laboratories French) are associated with this program on Air Liquide.

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This post was written by admin on October 27, 2008


European industrialists to invest in fuel cells and hydrogen

Vehicles with a fuel cell the hydrogen do not pollute when they’re riding. Many prototypes are currently under development and expected their mass marketing by 2020. In May 2008, the Council of Ministers adopted a regulation establishing the joint venture “fuel cells and hydrogen, following six years of work involving the main players in the sector and the European Commission to” develop a new type of public-private partnership that is the joint technolog.

In October 2008, the European Union and European manufacturers have announced their plans to make fuel cells and hydrogen one of the new technologies in the strategic energy sector. The European Commission, industry (60 private companies: multinationals, SMEs), and those of European research (universities, research centers), as this public-private invest about one billion euros in research, technological development and demonstration over a period of six years.

The objectives: investing in such a scientific research project focuses on results; accelerate the development of technologies and advance their marketing in Europe (between 2010 and 2020); implement an integrated and effective basic and applied research to technological development and demonstration activities and support, focused on the most innovative applications; reduce from 2 to 5 years the time required for sale; develop by 2020 a mass market for these technologies and ensuring Europe a head of green in this race.

The first call for proposals, with a budget of 28.1 million euros, the production, storage and distribution as well as hydrogen refueling infrastructure and transport. A steering committee will lead the legal entity, the joint venture “fuel cells and hydrogen”: the management and daily operation missions will be in charge of an Executive Director supported by the Program Office based in Brussels. A scientific committee will advise the Steering Committee. Member States will follow closely the activities through the group of states. The general meeting of stakeholders will be held annually.

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This post was written by admin on October 26, 2008